I was a Maui first timer and had no idea what to expect. I was totally overwhelmed by how awesome the Whaler condo was. Sure we didn't have the fancy pool you'd get at a Westin or Hyatt, but when you sat in our condo or on our lanai, it felt like we were surrounded by water on all sides (thanks to mirrored walls). You could hear the surf crashing in every room. I never wanted to leave the condo to go to the beach because it felt like we were already there. (Lucky for me since I was stuck in the condo a lot with my kids nap times.) Great soundproofing inside and outside the condo -- we could barely hear the kids waking up. Decor was a bit 1970s and pots and pan typical rental quality (costco) but we didn't mind a bit because we had the surf pounding in our ears and the sun setting directly outside our windows.
My hot tips: Go for an ocean front, not ocean view condo. World of difference to look directly out at the ocean, not at another condo block. Or if that's not available, go for any corner condo (the mountain behind Kaanapali is pretty stunning too, lots of rainbows back that way). The corners have HUGE lanais. Book directly with an owner, and if you are going in low season or at the last minute or for a long stay, try to negotiate a lower price. I thought a 2 bed 2 bath ocean front was way way out of budget, but I contacted the owner through VRBO and she cut the price by 40% since it was last minute and I wanted a 10 night stay. We were on the 3rd floor but any corner condo on any floor would probably be similarly awesome. Don't worry about not having support because you booked with an individual owner not some big company -- we had to call the Whaler maintenance a couple times (small leak, door wouldn't lock) and they always came right away and fixed the problem immediately. If you have young kids and need a crib, shop around the different rental places because their prices vary a lot. We bought a pack and play at Walmart for $70 on our way in from the airport because it was cheaper than renting. Overall after checking out all the other places to stay, I thought we'd definitely found the best!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This exclusive luxury condominium boasts an idyllic location on Maui's famous Kaanapali Beach across from two championship golf courses and minutes from Lahaina. Each spacious unit features a full kitchen and a spectacular view. A beachfront pathway and private access allows guests easy entry to adjacent Whalers Village's 65 shops and restaurants. Please be advised of these changes to the daily resort fee at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach. These changes will go into effect April 1, 2017. - Any new reservations booked for travel April 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017, will be subject to a resort fee of $17.00 plus tax per day. - On June 1, 2017, Daily Amenity Fee increases to $20. This applies to ALL reservations staying through these dates, regardless of when they booked the reservation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Whaler On Kaanapali Beach Hotel Lahaina
- Whaler On Kaanapali Beach Lahaina
- Whaler Kaanapali Beach
- Kaanapali Beach
- The Whaler Maui
- Aston At The Whaler On Kaanapali Beach Maui/Lahaina